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Steelhead count higher than expected

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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The number of steelhead coming into Idaho is increasing, as counts over Lower Granite Dam have been in the thousands for more than a week. During the four-day period ending on Sunday, Sept. 28, the average count at Lower Granite was right around 5,000 fish per day.

The B-run steelhead run is projected to come in at 126 percent of original predictions. B-run steelhead generally arrive later and are much larger than A-run steelhead. This is especially good news for anglers who fish the Clearwater, as that fishery is predominately comprised of B-run steelhead.

This year's total is just slightly less than the ten-year average for the end of September, but is well ahead of last year's count. For more information on steelhead fishing in Idaho, including useful instructional videos, go to https://fishandgame.

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Original Publication Date: October 8, 2014

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